Eric Berry playing on Saturday night vs. Cardinals


If you are not particularly excited for preseason football, you will be now. On Wednesday after practice, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced that strong safety Eric Berry will play against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night.

Berry was being withheld from contact drills until Monday, when he was allowed to start hitting again. Berry’s story has continued to be amazing, with the 26-year-old beating Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after being diagnosed with the treatable form of cancer in December.

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Reid did not say whether Berry will be running with the starters or if he will play in some other capacity, but just the fact he is on the field says more than enough about his recovery. It also tells us that the team is envisioning Berry being able to play Week 1 against the Houston Texans.

Berry was not expected by most to play this season, with the chemo for his cancer likely ravaging his body. Yet, Berry was able to work out throughout his treatments and somehow gained a pound, inspiring anybody who has heard his incredible story. With Berry back in the mix, Kansas City should have more than enough electricity to light up the plaza for years to come.

On Wednesday, Berry charged up the fans at training camp in St. Joseph, Mo. when he intercepted Alex Smith and took the ball to the house. With the crowd going wild, Berry threw the ball into the stands, giving a moment to remember on a hot August day.

Don’t take this story for granted, it is absolutely amazing.